Seminar to Help Educate Parents on Developmental Milestones for Infants

2/13/2018

Raising or caring for an infant under the age of 12 months old isn’t easy. Unfortunately, babies aren’t born with an instruction manual and every child is unique, mastering skills on their own timelines.

Next month, Allegan General Hospital’s Physical Rehabilitation staff is offering a free community educational program designed to help parents learn about the developmental milestones of infants from birth to 12 months. This program called Help Me Grow will be led by pediatric physical therapists and take place at Allegan General Hospital (555 Linn Street, Allegan) in the Michigan Room on Wednesday, March 14, at 6 p.m.

“Over the past few years we have noticed a rise in children under the age of 12 month olds who aren’t meeting developmental milestones,” said Katie Mahaffie, pediatric physical therapist at Allegan General Hospital. “We thought it would be beneficial to offer an educational program for the community on the important developmental milestones for children 0 – 12 months old.”

Milestones covered will include rolling, sitting, standing and walking. Also discussed will be identifying potential roadblocks that keep children from reaching these key milestones, as well as offering ideas to help them achieve these key developmental markers.

“We want every child to reach his or her full potential,” said Mahaffie. “We invite parents to bring questions with them, as there will be time to ask questions.”

This seminar isn’t just for parents or expectant parents. Anyone who is involved in the care of an infant is invited.

Individuals are encouraged to register for this free community program by visiting allegangeneral.org or by calling Allegan General Hospital’s Community Events Line at (269) 686-4231.

Allegan General Hospital’s Physical Rehabilitation Services provides physical therapy and speech therapy for pediatric patients that include evaluation, education and treatment. For more information, please call (269) 686-4070.

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